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2017 Port Traffic Rebounds

 

Press Release

February 6, 2018

Port Traffic Rebounds in 2017

After unexpected declines in the 2016 season, the port rebounded nicely in 2017 with total cargo handled at all the port’s facilities increasing by almost 7%.  The most significant gain was realized at the K+S Windsor Salt Company with shipments increasing by 20% to almost 2.2 million tonnes.  Also having a very positive season was the ADM Agri-Industries which experienced an increase of just over 6% in total grain products moved through the facility.

David Cree, President and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority, stated, “All in all 2017 was a very positive season.  Our two major commodities have traditionally been salt and construction aggregates, and that continued this past year.  As noted, salt shipments were up significantly while construction aggregates recorded a minor decline to just over 1.6 million tonnes”.

Of the other cargoes handled within the port, petroleum products which are handled through the Sterling Fuels facility dropped by 4.2% to 256,924 tonnes and general cargo which is handled at Morterm Terminal and consists primarily of imported steel declined by just over 7%.

Other important milestones during 2017 included near completion of the green space and fishing pier at the end of Mill Street and the beginning of public consultations for the development of the green space on Sandwich Street which is adjacent to the Port Authority offices.

In conclusion, Mr. Cree stated “We were very pleased with the final results for 2017 and with the scheduled start of construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge slated for later this year, we are projecting moderate growth in 2018 and continued growth for four to five years thereafter”.

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For further information and inquiries, please contact

David Cree, President & CEO

519-258-5741

wpa@portwindsor.com

 

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Traffic increase at Windsor Port Authority…

…a sign of city’s thriving economy, says CEO.

Salt and grain were the hottest commodities

Please click here to see full article in CBC News.

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Cargo Business Booming

Cargo business at Windsor’s ports is already up substantially this year with a few weeks to go, according to figures released on Thursday.

Volumes at the port to the end of November are up 10 per cent.

The biggest movers this year have been salt, general cargo and Ontario grain, but the port has seen increases in all types of cargo, said David Cree, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.

“Everything’s up and that’s a reflection of the buoyant Windsor economy,” he said.

“Many of the materials moving through the port are destined for local construction and manufacturing.”

For a second straight year, grain is up “significantly” with huge volumes of canola, soybeans and other grains coming into the ADM terminal to be processed for domestic food, plus export overseas, Cree said.

“We’re also expecting a fair amount of stone to come in December for some additional work scheduled on the truck plaza for the Gordie Howe International Bridge,” he said.

Overall, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are expected to finish ahead of 2016 with a total cargo tonnage from March 20 to Nov. 30 reaching 33.6 million metric tons — up 8.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

Please click here for complete Windsor Star article.

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Windsor, Great Lakes ports enjoying One of Best Shipping Years ever in 2017

Bad winters usually translate into good business for the Port of Windsor, and a big spike in 2017 sales of its No. 1 export — salt — is helping make this year one of its best ever.

“We’re having a terrific year so far — shipping is up about 20 per cent till the end of September,” said David Cree, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.

Windsorites enjoyed a relatively mild 2016-17 winter, but many of the other K+S Windsor Salt Ltd. clients endured a harsher-than-usual season, resulting in higher-than-normal road salt demand. Cree said Port of Windsor salt exports as of Sept. 30 were up more than 30 per cent over the same period in 2016.

Gravel and other construction aggregates, the local port’s No. 2 shipped product, was up more than eight per cent; grain, in third spot, was up 28 per cent and “general cargo” — primarily steel — shot up 27 per cent, indicating a healthy economy with lots of construction.

This year’s shipping volumes will probably not match those of the 2015 record year, but Cree said the last five years have been “very good” and 2017 so far is ahead of projections.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments as a whole are up 14 per cent over 2016 volumes as of the end of September, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reported Tuesday. The total of 24.3 million metric tons in cargo shipped from March 20 to Sept. 30 represents a three million tonne jump from the same period in 2016.

Tuesday was Marine Day on the Hill, when the Chamber of Marine Commerce and shipping executives and their customers meet with Canadian federal government representatives. Despite the high cargo volumes carried by ships in the Great Lakes, Cree said there is still “lots of room to grow … without any additional infrastructure requirements.”

The Port of Windsor’s 13 terminals are, on average, under 60 per cent capacity, he said.

With “tremendous potential to grow,” Chamber of Marine Commerce president Bruce Burrows told officials that government needed to recognize “marine shipping’s significant environmental and economic benefits in its approach to transportation planning and policy-making.”

From the beginning of the 2017 shipping season to the end of September, about 70 freighters picked up 1.5 million tonnes of salt in Windsor, said Cree. During that period, 494 cargo ships stopped in the Port of Windsor (compared to 466 in 2016), loading or unloading about 3.8 million tonnes of cargo.

Weather, market demand and maintenance schedules usually mean Windsor sees its last freighter stops of the year by about mid-December, said Cree.

Click here for complete Windsor Star article.

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Windsor Port Traffic Shows Large Increase

Windsor’s ports are booming this year with total cargo volume up almost 20 per cent as of the end of July compared to the same time frame for 2016.

The most prominent increase are shipments of grain which is up 36 per cent this year, while salt volumes are up 32 per cent, according to figures released Wednesday by the Windsor Port Authority.

“We are obviously very pleased with these strong early results for the season,” said David Cree, CEO for the port authority. “We had anticipated a slight recovery after a downturn in 2016, but these numbers have exceeded our projections.”

Other strong growth numbers include general cargo, which primarily consists of imported steel, and is up over 25 per cent.

Given how grain and general cargo are largely shipped on foreign vessels, Cree also noted that has made for a large increase in overall traffic so far this year throughout the entire St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Click here for complete Windsor Star article.

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Windsor Port Authority in the News

Windsor Port Authority reports increase in shipping activity….

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Green Marine Certification

Follow the link to view the performance report online: 2016 Performance Report

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Press Release – Board Appointment

June 22, 2017

George Sandala, Chair of the Windsor Port Authority, is pleased to announce the
appointment of Walter M. Benzinger to the Board of Directors. Mr. Benzinger was
appointed by the Federal Government for a term of 3 years commencing June 27, 2017.
Mr. Benzinger is a Chartered Public Accountant and a partner in the Windsor office of
Deloitte LLP. Mr. Benzinger is the Windsor Tax Leader for the firm and is responsible
for all their Windsor tax operations. He provides business advisory skills to a variety of
privately held companies. He specializes in the areas of estate planning and minimizing
taxation for owner/managed companies.

Mr. Benzinger has been an active volunteer in the community, serving on numerous
boards and committees, including the Boards of Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital, Essex Golf
and Country Club and previously on the Windsor Port Authority.
Mr. Sandala stated “Walter’s financial expertise and community involvement will be of
great benefit to the Port Authority and on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I am
pleased to welcome him to our Board”.

For further information, please contact
Mr. David Cree, President & CEO
519-258-5741

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Port Traffic News

Windsor Port Authority traffic ebbs after banner year.

Please click on the link, for the full posting, including pictures: 2017 Traffic Ebbs

Officials expect to bounce back with another great year in 2017 as work on Gordie Howe bridge begins.

CBC News Posted: Jun 07, 2017 7:11 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 07, 2017 7:11 PM ET

Steve Lutsch snapped this photo “to put into perspective” just how big freighters that traverse the
Great Lakes and Detroit River really are. (Steve Lutsch/Facebook)
After a near-record year of ship traffic, the Windsor Port Authority saw cargo volumes take a bit
of a dive in 2016.
The number of ships docking in the port last year dropped 14.85 per cent, while tonnes of cargo
dropped 15.49 per cent, according to figures presented at the port authority’s annual meeting
Wednesday.
But the ebbing numbers simply reflect the banner year of traffic in 2015, largely because of early
construction work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, say officials.
Windsor Port Authority president and CEO David Cree expects to see ship traffic and cargo
volumes to soar as work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge starts. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)
The 2016 traffic is more on par with the 10-year average, explained David Cree, president and
CEO of the port authority.
“We’re never happy to see a decrease, but that’s sort of the nature of the business,” he said. “We
think we’re going to bounce back very quickly.”
Officials expect to see an increase in traffic in 2017 with numbers from the first month reflecting
that projection, according to port authority board chairman George Sandala.
He anticipates salt aggregate will return to normal levels after a slight decrease last year. A $60-
million expansion at Windsor Salt will be a driving factor behind that, Sandala explained.
Another boon to aggregate starting again this year and ramping up in 2018 will be from the
construction of the Gordie Howe bridge.
A spike in cruise-ship traffic was a bright spot in last year’s numbers. Ports around the Great
Lakes have been promoting tourism internationally, which is starting to roll in, according to
Cree.
“It’s been a nice little added bonus that we were hoping for, but didn’t really expect,” he said.

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13 Curious Facts About the Shipping Industry

Did you know?  Only 2% to 10% of shipments worldwide are inspected.  

Read on to find out fascinating facts about the shipping industry!

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